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Ariel Lefkovits

Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2020

Animal Behavior, Franklin & Marshall College, 2013

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
Before entering the MAPP program, I worked as a receptionist at an animal hospital for over two years. I also worked as a pet sitter and volunteered at a local animal shelter as a dog walker.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
For the past few years, I have struggled to find the right avenue to pursue my interests. The MAPP curriculum seems to have the right blend of my animal-related interests, including education and animal advocacy. I love that we have the opportunity to learn about – and eventually work in – so many different fields. Once I learned more about the program, it seemed clear that it provides us with the tools and skills to shape our own career paths.

Interests in and experience with animals
I studied Animal Behavior at Franklin & Marshall College, where I had the opportunity to learn about the biological foundations of behavior. I also worked for the ASPCA as an animal caretaker, which was my first real exposure to animal welfare work and to Pit Bulls. My current interests lie in canine behavior, specifically being able to educate the public about canine behavior in an effort to decrease the number of pets in shelters and to help decrease the stigma against certain breeds.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
I do not have a specific area of focus, which is the beauty of the broad range this curriculum supplies. I plan to keep an open mind and explore different areas of study, but I would like to keep learning about animal behavior.

What are your career goals?
I would like to become more involved in animal welfare, in advocacy and education.

What are your outside interests?
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, cooking, re-watching The Lord of the Rings and listening to Broadway music (among other genres).

Number of pets? What?
I feel like this sounds strange, but I have no pets right now! I have always been a dog person, and certainly plan on having at least one or two dogs in the future.


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